This is something I've been thinking about since I saw the pre-season all-conference and all-American teams come out and saw what is in my opinion an under-representation of UK players on these lists. So I just decided to do what is probably a too-long, very geeky article and get it out once and for all.
A few years back I bought into the idea of tempo-free stats as espoused by Dean Oliver, Ken Pomeroy and others being a preferable method of gauging performance than raw numbers.
Updated 12-11-2014 at 10:02 AM by KSRBEvans
In many ways, Kentucky and Texas are mirror images of one another, with UK a little better in most areas.
Although John Calipari discussed Texas' team speed earlier in the week, neither UK nor Texas have played fast so far. UK is averaging 65.2 possessions/game, good for 232nd nationally in adjusted tempo. Texas is playing even slower, averaging 64.4 possessions/game (263rd nationally in adjusted tempo).
With both teams, the slow pace is largely due to their opponents
Updated 12-05-2014 at 01:56 PM by KSRBEvans
Originally Posted by Darryl
If Final 4 Wins are the strongest indicator of conference strength (which I don't agree with) the SEC looks very good. From 1995-2014 (20 years) here are the Final 4 wins by conference:
14 SEC (Kentucky 8, Florida 5, Arkansas 1)
12 ACC (Duke 5, North Carolina 4, Maryland 2, Georgia Tech 1)
11 Big East (UConn 6 as the 2 wins last year they were in the AAC, Syracuse 3, Louisville 2)
7 Big 10 (Michigan State 3, Indiana 1, Illinois 1, Ohio
Originally Posted by Darrell KSR
Who would you throw all your efforts into getting?
I'm going to post 9 candidates, and a 10th "Other." There are a ton of potential candidates. I am like most people, I hope this is premature and we don't have to visit this for real for a decade. But let's assume the worst, and we have to decide it now.
Who do you go guns-a-blazing for?
Choice should be realistic. I'm going to put Tom Izzo on my list, as he's been mentioned in discussions in
Originally Posted by ukpumacat
Here are 5 things I think after watching this DR game:
1. We are really damn good. I keep thinking its the competition, but now I'm starting to think we just make everyone look worse than they are. Garcia and Sosa are really good players, and they looked like High Schoolers today.
2. Karl Towns will never, ever play the 3. That needs to be let go right now. He is a big, with great post moves who can shoot. Sam Perkins is actually not the worst comparison for